The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Qutenza, a newprescription patch applied to the skin for one hour for reduction ofpost-shingles nerve pain. Qutenza is the first and only prescription strengthcapsaicin product. Qutenza contains a manmade form of capsaicin, thesubstance in chili peppers that gives them their heat sensation.
After a single one-hour application, directly to the site of pain,Qutenza may reduce post shingles nerve pain for up to 12 weeks. Qutenza isapplied by a doctor or healthcare professional. Qutenza can be used alone orwith other pain medications and is unlikely to cause drug-drug interactions.
* Each year, about a million Americans develop shingles, a painful virusinfection related to chicken pox.
* Up to one in five people with shingles will experience prolonged paindue to a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
o PHN is a chronic condition that is the result of nerve damage caused bythe shingles virus.
o The pain can persist long after the characteristic rash clears up andcan disrupt sleep, mood, work and activities of daily living.
o The risk of developing PHN increases with age, especially in peopleover 50, and for patients who experienced severe pain or severe rash duringthe acute shingles episode.
NEWS: FDA Approves Qutenza, the first and only prescription strengthtreatment with capsaicin, the "hot ingredient in chili peppers. Qutenza canprovide 12 Weeks of pain reduction from a single one hour treatment forpost-shingles pain
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